Numerical Navigator

Visualizing the Contents of a Mathematical Software Collection

Interfaces to software collections typically provide a limited view and few options for controlling that view. This prototype interface overcomes these limitations by providing control and display that are visually rather than textually based. Users can control the 2-D graphical display with the buttons and pull-down menus. Pointing and clicking in the display area reveals more detailed information, including links for immediate downloading of selected software. The collection used for this demonstration is from Netlib's collection of linear algebra software. The interface, however, can easily extend to collections of broader scope or adapt to other applications.